Category Archives: Tell-tale heart

A blogger’s view of THE TELL-TALE HEART

A blogger’s view of THE TELL-TALE HEART

‘Patrick, at first an unsympathetic character, becomes easier in his skin, denying all personality changes to his surgeon while demonstrating the opposite in his actions – but then who wouldn’t after such an extraordinary experience. Dawson has Maureen, his transplant co-ordinator, rehearse the theories of cellular memory, then steps quietly aside as Patrick speculates about… Continue reading…

Guardian review of THE TELL-TALE HEART

Guardian review of THE TELL-TALE HEART

The Fens don’t receive much fictional attention, perhaps due to an assumption that a landscape so lacking in dramatic topography must have no interesting stories to tell. As one apologetic inhabitant of the Cambridgeshire countryside admits in Jill Dawson’s novel: “The Fens. Most people find them – boring. Most people think they’re a bit flat.”… Continue reading…

Review of TELL-TALE HEART in the Times Literary Review

Review of TELL-TALE HEART in the Times Literary Review

Over the course of The Tell-Tale Heart, we watch as Patrick, an unhealthy fifty-year-old academic, changes from a grubbily sensuous, selfish egotist to someone chastened and purified, much to the sur-prise of his children and ex-partners. What’s got into him? A new heart, figuratively as well as literally; Dawson leaves no meta-phor unturned in this… Continue reading…

Daily Express review of TELL-TALE HEART

Daily Express review of TELL-TALE HEART

Dawson, whose previous novels include Fred and Edie, shortlisted for the Whitbread and the Orange Prizes, is an elegant but easy writer.  She swiftly hooks the reader in with strong, convincing narrative voices, pacy dialogue, carefully crafted prose and an engagingly dramatic plot.  Important too is one of Dawson’s trademarks, an evocative, brooding sense of… Continue reading…